Dental implant surgery replaces the root of a missing tooth with a metal post that is placed in the jawbone. An artificial tooth can be placed on an implant after the area has healed. Or, a set of dentures can be attached using more than one implant.
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Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Blood clots
- Injury or damage to nearby teeth
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problems if the implants were placed in the upper jaw
- Implant rejection by the body
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
- Alcohol use disorder
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